Donna Lewis, the DC-area cartoonist behind the Reply All comic strip who suggested that our readers might be interest in the work of a fledgling company partially-based in nearby Baltimore. Since the Baltimore Comic-Con is coming up in a few days, we chatted with writer Scott Reichert about the company's first comic book which will be available at the show.
What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
My brother, Robert, and I operate a digital publishing studio called Indigo Comics and recently released our first full length book. We do superhero type stuff in the Marvel/DC tradition. Our main book, Zachariah Thorn is a macabre horror/mystery steeped in the occult.
We are children of the 80's.
Why are you in Baltimore now? What neighborhood or area do you live in?
I live on the southwest outskirts of the city in a neighborhood called Violetville. My brother, Robert, has been based in southern California, near Los Angeles, for the past 8 years.
How do you do your comic? As the writer, do you do thumbnails, or a full script before passing it along to the artist? And then is the art done in traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?
Our artist Bonkz Seriosa then works with pencils and boards. He sends us the hi-res jpegs that my brother, Robert, digitally inks and colors. We have a technique to get an inked look by adjusting the value levels of the pencils, and then retouching the result.
Where did you find Bonkz?
What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
Robert is a graduate of the design program at California State University and has been illustrating since he was a child. I do not have a single artistic bone in my body.
Who are your influences?
Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman, and Brian K. Vaughn when it comes to writing. I've also always been a big fan of Terry Dodson, Tony Moore, John Cassaday, Ryan Ottley, and Frank Quitely to name a few artists.
If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
I would have pursued a degree is creative writing so I could sound as accomplished as all the wonderful people who have collaborated with me and helped bring this project to life!
Hopefully for Zachariah Thorn!
What work are you most proud of?
Zachariah Thorn#1 for sure as it is our first full length release and represents several years of work finally coming to fruition.
What's your favorite thing about Baltimore?
What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?
How about a favorite local restaurant?
Do you have a website or blog?